I'm not a big fan of the luggage racks currently available for my Vegas, or their ludacris price tags, so I decided to make my own. The primary stipulation was that everything must be quick and easy to change configurations.
I formed a bracket that bolts to the stock passenger seat just like the Vic backrests, but left it flush with the rear profile of the seat and added three 1/4-20 tapped holes. This will stay on the seat at all times.
This pic shows mockup and checking that the profiles match the seats.
This is the mandrel I used to form the main hoop... gotta get creative some times!
Here is the rack all tacked up ready for final weld and finishing:
This angle shows how the rack bolts to the "tail feather" mounting bracket on the seat. The tail feather is tapped, so there's no messing with nuts/washers on the front side.
I wanted something to tie bags to, so I came up with this sissy bar. Its about 17" from the top of the rack and will be a completely separate attachment, that way I can have any combination I want... just the seat, seat+sissy bar (will make a pad for my wife), just rack, or rack + sissy bar. And all of it will be changable with a single wrench and about 40 seconds.
I've got the rack all tacked up with my MIG and a friend is going to TIG the rest of it this weekend. The sissy bar is just mocked up right now, but should be done by this weekend. It will also get the top 3" or 4" of the bar angled back slightly. I plan to just blast and paint all this for now, but I'll be buying the Eastwood DIY powdercoating kit soon, and will try it out on these parts.